Thrixspermum pinocchio P.O'Byrne & J.J.Verm. 2008 SECTION Dendrocolla Photo by Peter O'Byrne

Common Name The Pinocchio Thrixspermum [refers to the spur that has a long nose like appearance]

Flower Size .52" [1.4 cm]

Found in Sulawesi in very dry low scrub forests at elevations of 100 to 400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with an erect, cylindrical, slightly compressed, persistently sheathed, leafy in the distal half stem carrying in 2 crowded, approximately opposite rows, spreading, oblong to elliptic, unequally bilobed, lobes rounded, sometimes with a small bristle in the sinus, thick, stiff, leathery, yellowish green to dull green often with brown markings, sheaths tightly clasping stem, cylindrical, slightly compressed, longer than the internode, pale green with maroon to pale green markings, eventually becoming dry, sulcate and brown that blooms in the winter, summer and fall on several, lateral from the leaves at the mid portion of the stem, erect to spreading, peduncle cylindrical, broadening towards the rachis, dark green with brown markings, provided with a basal bract and a second shorter one below midway, 3 to 5.2" [7.5 to 10.5 cm] long overall, rachis .24 to 1" [.6 to 2.5 cm] long, swollen, brown to brownish green, papillose, sporadically, successively 1 to 2, to 30 flowered inflorescence with very crowded, facing in all directions, decurved, broadly triangular, basally thick, attenuate towards the acute apex, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying ephemeral flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 2 O'Byrne & Verm. 2008 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 2011 photo fide;